Review: 42095 Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer

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42095 Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer is the successor to the immensely popular 42065 RC Tracked Racer.

There has been considerable interest in this set as it introduces a much-sought-after larger sprocket wheel. That, combined with a souped-up Power Functions, means that this latest tracked racer has a lot on offer.

Read on to find out how this latest Remote Controlled tracked racer performs.

The Box

The front of the box shows the Stunt Racer racing on a dirt track. It also shows the Power Functions in action.

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The rear of the box tries to demonstrate how the Stunt Racer can pull wheelies. It also shows the B-Model.

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Instructions and sticker sheet

The instructions for the main model comes in one stapled book of 70 pages.

The QR Code takes people to the LEGO Life home page.

The B-Model instructions can be downloaded here.

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There is a large sticker sheet with a small amount of sponsorship.

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Parts

The 324 parts come in three un-numbered bags.

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The exciting new part in the set is the large 7M sprocket wheel. It is has a diameter of 7M, and a 5M beam can fit within the hub recess. 14 track pieces fit around the circumference.

Here is an image of the new wheel with the smaller sprocket wheel beside it.

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The Power Functions come packed in a bag with a loose battery box.

The set is powered using two L-Motors.

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The build

About halfway through the build (Step 35) the chassis is taking shape.

Two pairs of return rollers support each continuous track. There are some interesting angles used to support the forward pair of return rollers.

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Because the sprocket wheels are different sizes, the L-Motors must drive either both the forward or both the rear sprockets. In the case of the main model, it is the new, large sprockets that act as the drive wheels.

Two pairs of 16-tooth gears transfer power from the L-Motors to the axles. A combination of 8-tooth and 24-tooth gears (not supplied) could be utilised here to change the gearing and speed of the racer.

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The Completed Model

Here is the model complete - without stickers. Dark Azur [sic] is one of my favourite LEGO colours, and I am glad to be seeing this colour appearing in more models. The Dark Azur and Yellow combination looks great together.

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The rear view is a little disappointing. The IR Receiver sticks out, and the Power Function cabling cannot be made any tidier than as shown here.

Given that new LEGO sets are being released utilising the Powered Up system, I am surprised that this model uses reverts to the traditional Power Functions.

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The Dark Azur and Yellow colour combination are enhanced once the stickers have been applied.

An air-vent sticker appears on the side of the battery box.

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A delicate fishing rod is used as a dummy aerial. I'm not sure how long this part will last as it bends quite easily.

You will soon find out that the Stunt Racer needs the wheelie bar that has been fitted at the rear of the chassis.

There is a small driver's cockpit. It would have been nice to see some connectors with stud-knob so a minifigure could sit here. There is no steering wheel either.

Rou Roue Racing acknowledges LEGO Technic senior designer Aurelien Rouffiange as the designer of this model.

The wing mirrors have been cleverly made using a minifigure paint roller.

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Overall opinion

The first thing you will notice about the Stunt Racer is that, due to its near instantaneous acceleration, the racer will perform wheelies every time you race it.

The torque of L-Motor directed straight onto the large rear sprocket wheels means that the racer always starts with a jump.

All the weight is centred above the rear axle and having the battery box raised means the racer has a relatively high centre of gravity.

I think the Technic designers have continued on a winning Technic concept with this latest Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer.

The model has lots of playability, Power Functions have been included, and the set is very reasonably priced. I am sure that this set will appeal to a wide range of fans.

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You could add some rubber studs to the tracks to get better traction, but this would take away some fun. The racers work well on the carpet!


B-Model

I decided to build the B-Model as it had a couple of significant design differences to the main model.

The L-Motors directly drive the small sprocket wheels of the front axle. This means that the B-Model has a considerably broader wheelbase.

The battery box is slung under the chassis, so the B-Model has a very low centre of gravity: there are no wheelies with this model.

It also drives slower than its main model counterpart.

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Comparison with 42065 RC Tracked Racer

Inevitably there will be comparisons made between this model and the 42065 RC Tracked Racer released at the end of 2017.

42095 Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer has a shorter wheelbase than 42065 RC Tracked Racer. It is easy to see that the battery box is positioned higher up as well.

42095 Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer is narrower than 42065 RC Tracked Racer.

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Here are the statistics:

42065 RC Tracked Racer

  • Released: late 2017
  • Parts:370
  • Motors: Two M-Motors
  • Price: £74.99 / $99.99 / € 79.99 / NZD $149.99

42095 Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer

  • Released: early 2019
  • Parts: 324
  • Motors: Two L-Motors
  • Price: £69.99 / $99.99 / 79.99€ / NZD $139.99

Overall, it seems a very favourable comparison: the two sets are similarly priced even though the L-Motor is twice the price of an M-Motor.


LEGO 42065 VS 42095 Ultimate Battle!

Pawel 'sariel' Kmiec has put the two RC tracked racers to the test.

See this three-minute video from Sariel's LEGO Workshop that rates the performance of these two similar models as they go through a range of gruelling tests.

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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group, but the review is an expression of my own opinions.

13 comments on this article

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By in Sweden,

It looks strange to me..... but I like the colours ;)

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By in Finland,

I'm sorry, but every time I see LEGO parts covered with sand, it's just a nightmare. Is this really designed to work on sand?

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By in Netherlands,

Ìn the test, the off-road one was not fair, the old set had a much easier track than the new one (no twigs that could get stuck).

As a whole, the set looks like fun.

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By in Turkey,

I have this set for few weeks now. I'm not so optimistic as the reviewer here. The main build is quite fun if you never had an rc car but I don't have carpets in my place so those plastic tracks make he'll of a noise on wooden floor. The whole build is very basic, there is not much to see, a lot of exposed cables etc. I wish there was more gearing supplied as that would make the set a lot more Lego technic (You know, mechanics at work) than it is right now. After 2 days I ditched the tracks in favour of wheels and I modified gearing on the b model and it was way more fun than the tracks. In general I think this is not a very good technic set if you don't have any other technic parts. I got this to finally have rc functions, but after 30% discount, the RRP is too high for what you get.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is probably Power Functions' swansong...

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By in Malaysia,

That's not a bad price considering all the PF stuff you get in it. I might pick it up if Amazon ever have it on sale.

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By in United States,

I hate to sound like I’m correcting, but the battery box was “loose” and not “lose”.

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By in United States,

On the B Model, is it possible to move the larger wheels to the front, making it go faster?

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By in New Zealand,

^^ I have replaced the lost O.

@ TransNeonOrangeSpaceman: Yes, the sand was quite abrasive, particularly on the axles.

The tracks are quite tight, when compared with 42065 RC Tracked Racer.

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By in United States,

Long live Power Functions!!! Except IR...that just has to go.

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By in Germany,

There are several interesting sets by Cada (no, not clone sets, own creations) that feature PF compatible battery box and motors, yet radio-controlled instead of IR. Quite good set designs too (one is a tank, the other a WWII motorcycle with sidecart). Easy to take the radio-control components from these sets and put them in a Technic set like the Stunt Racer.

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By in United Kingdom,

Prefer set 42065. Just looks more like an actual vehicle

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By in Russian Federation,

Bought this one today, added rubber tiles from Fortrex set (there are 64 of them and you need 60), rearranged wires on model's back and for me personally it's perfect.

PS - some decals are identical to 2006's Blue Renegade (8662): Race logo, xrfuel, the style of number "2". It kicks me in nostalgia since 8662 was last (or close to that) set before my dark ages.

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